Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield launches its second annual contest this week.
The second annual Great Bike Give-Away launched this week, with the goal of providing children who have special needs with adaptive bicycles. A new twist in the contest hosted by Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield is that anyone can contribute toward getting more bikes into the hands of children who need them. Here's how the contest works: Bikes from Buddy Bike, Rifton, Ambucs, Triaid, Flaghouse and Tadpole Adaptive will be awarded. To enter the Great Bike Giveaway visit www.greatbikegiveaway.com For contest rules visit www.friendshipcircle.org/bikes/rules. To add more bikes to the contest, click on the bicycle images at the top of the contest page.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The charity three-on-three basketball tournament will take place from 7:30 a.m.-noon Sunday.
Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? Don't dismay: check out today's Weekend Spotlight: Our pick for today: Hoops 4 Kids Charity Basketball Tournament Also happening this weekend: Come back to West Bloomfield Patch on Wednesday for more weekend things to do in our Weekend Spotlight, or visit our events calendar.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Michigan Jewish Institute to come before West Bloomfield planners next week.
A plan to build a new addition of more than 16,000 square feet at the Lubavitch Campus is proposed as part of the agenda for the West Bloomfield Township Planning Commission meeting next week. There were 11 separate activities proposed on at the site, located on the north side of Maple Road near Halsted Road, which were granted special use approval by the Township in 1992. The college building site plan came before the township in 2007 and was approved by both the planning commission and township board. The site plan is nearly identical to the previously-approved building; however the site plan approval has expired. No changes to the plan are proposed. Michael Baer of Neumann/Smith Architecture in Southfield wrote that students at the …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Bassie and Rabbi Levi Shemtov, parents, teen volunteers, and special needs children the focus of 'The Circle Never Ends.'
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
(Source: Mort Meisner Associates) Since its inception in 1994, Friendship Circle of West Bloomfield has assisted tens of thousands of families that have children with special needs. Inspired to make a mark on the community, Bassie and Rabbi Levi Shemtov set out on a mission to help children of all religions and ethnic backgrounds. Now, the story of Friendship Circle is featured in a magnificent, heartwarming documentary set to air on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). The documentary, The Circle Never Ends, is hosted by longtime Detroit broadcaster Eli Zaret, who takes viewers through Friendship Circle by interviewing the Shemtovs, the children of Friendship Circle, parents, and dedicated teen volunteers who make it all possible. …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Health, education, and welfare top-of-mind for local area residents.
West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton said at a Tuesday night candlelight vigil honoring slain Officer Patrick O'Rourke that the department's relationship with the victim's family is a "lifetime commitment." A group of local area residents want to make it easier to offer the gift of a lifetime. A trust fund established by township officials Monday to aid O'Rourke's family has been connected to a website, westbloomfieldhero.com, for those concerned to donate using only a credit or debit card. O'Rourke, 39, of Fenton, was killed Sunday night in the line of duty by a man barricaded in his home at the North Woods Forest subdivision near the intersection of Halsted and Pontiac Trail. O'Rourke left behind a family of three elementary …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Friendship Circle seventh-annual fundraiser exceeds participation and financial benchmarks.
Thousands in West Bloomfield Sunday said goodbye to summer and hello to the Jewish New Year at the annual Walk4Friendship event. The seventh-annual fundraiser to benefit the Friendship Circle featured up to and beyond 5,000 people — many as a part of organized efforts which had been working for months — marching from The Shul Chabad Lubavitch to the Jewish Community Center, in either a 5K or one-mile walk. Friendship Circle founder Bassie Shemtov said that Walk4Friendship exceeded previous participation records and financial benchmarks. Prior to the Walk Sunday, teams had raised close to $450,000 to benefit programs and activities at Friendship Circle. Despite threats of storms and rain, a family carnival at the JCC afterward stayed dry. …
Monday, August 6, 2012
About 50 broke in to song and dance at the Everything4Friendship fundraiser to benefit the Friendship Circle Sunday afternoon.
Under the bright lights in the middle of Orchard Mall on Sunday afternoon, a "flash mob" of about 50 broke into a prescripted dance routine to the delight of those in attendance of a fundraising event. The mall's various retailers offered portions of the day's proceeds to benefit Friendship Circle in weeks leading up to the the West Bloomfield-based nonprofit organization's biggest annual fundraiser, the Walk4Friendship. The Everything4Friendship event also saw a large crowd of children, who may have come for the blow-up toys, candy, and popcorn, but stayed rapt during the four-and-a-half-minute performance led by self-described "mob boss" Susie Seigle. "I thought that if I could get a bunch of people to come perform that they'd bring more…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Congregation Shir Tikvah representative Shayna Shuman, 17, wrote on her years of experience volunteering through J-Serve Detroit, which connects Jewish teens to community-wide volunteer opportunities.
Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world" and recently, area religious and community groups realized just how popular the phrase was among Metro Detroit teenagers. J-Serve, an annual program to facilitate volunteer opportunities worldwide for Jewish youth, began in 2008 in Metro Detroit as teens volunteered at a variety of agencies to build a garden at Friendship Circle. Since then, the program has expanded to offer two different days of service in 2012, the first of which was last week Thursday with another national event scheduled for April 22. The teens took part in a host of volunteer activities including sorting food at Gleaners Community Food Banks in Pontiac and Detroit, painting and sorting donations at the …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
This is the end of our 30 Days series; we hope you continue to give all year long.
This is part of a 30-day series of ways Patch community members can give back this holiday season. We hope you'll take part in this 30 Days of Giving and take the spirit beyond the holidays, because there truly is need all year long. There are a variety of ways to give back to people in Oakland County and beyond; many of which we have touched on in our 30 Days of Giving series. However we are just scratching the surface. It’s important to remember that people are in need all year round, and though the holidays provide an extra burden in many cases, need is a perpetual thing. If you find yourself with a few hours of downtime every week, consider volunteering at a nonprofit organization. Or keep an eye on Patch’s Volunteer tab and see who is…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Friendship Circle, which provides support to the families of individuals with special needs, is putting on a Hanukkah party Sunday complete with an animal magic show.
Things will quiet down this weekend, right? That's not necessarily true. There is a lot to celebrate and the events continue to help us do so. Check out what's going on in the area with this nifty countdown: Our Pick for Monday: Special Market Day in Royal Oak. Our pick for Tuesday: 24 Seconds Open Christmas Night Our pick for Wednesday: Chanukah in the Wild Check out more weekend-things-to-do options. Or, visit our Events guide here. If you'd like to post your own event, watch this video tutorial.